DHL’s UK & European Subsidiaries Continue Growth

DHL's European Air Transport Airbus A300 Freighter.
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James Field - Editor in Chief 4 Min Read
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Cargo conglomerate DHL continues its overall growth across its UK subsidiary (DHL Air) and its European subsidiary (European Air Transport).

Using data from, we will take a look at each of the subsidiaries, which will exemplify why DHL’s presence in the UK & Europe continues to grow.

Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…

DHL’s European Air Transport: The Movement Statistics…

The movement statistics from DHL's subsidiary European Air Transport.
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For February 19-26, DHL’s European Air Transport achieved 275 movements, which represents an increase of 38.19% compared to the same period last year.

Compared to pre-pandemic levels (2019), it is a healthy 102 movements ahead, which is reflective of the increased demand for e-commerce and other cargo-related sectors.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data for the European subsidiary of DHL:

Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
January 22-29172 movements196 movements216 movements+10.20%
January 29-February 5171 movements205 movements221 movements+7.80%
February 5-12173 movements202 movements216 movements+6.93%
February 12-19173 movements199 movements220 movements+10.55%

What we can see from the data is that the growth plan is at a steady pace for European Air Transport, with the expectation of this continuing to climb in 2023.

The UK Subsidiary Is Growing As Well…

DHL's UK subsidiary is also performing well.
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The UK subsidiary of DHL, DHL Air, is also performing very well, with significant increases observed for this week.

For February 19-26, DHL Air operated 35 movements based on the seven-day rolling average provided by the flight tracking company.

This represents an increase of 94.44% compared to the same period last year and is a staggering 29 movements higher than 2019’s levels.

Below is the last four weeks’ worth of data from the UK subsidiary:

Date2019 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
January 22-297 movements18 movements30 movements+66.67%
January 29-February 57 movements17 movements31 movements+82.35%
February 5-126 movements22 movements31 movements+40.91%
February 12-194 movements21 movements33 movements+57.14%

What we can see is that the UK subsidiary of DHL has exploded in growth over the last few years, with double-digit growth experienced between 2022 and this year so far.

What Does This Mean for DHL?

DHL UK Boeing 767 Freighter.
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What can be said about these numbers is that it is reflective of the overall demand growth in the cargo market.

This all kick-started in the COVID-19 pandemic when e-commerce sales increased exponentially, and important COVID shipments were needed.

In the context of DHL, this is something that they have greatly benefitted from, which is why we are seeing more scheduled flights from the European and UK subsidiaries.

As we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it remains clear that the demanding focus will be on the e-commerce market as that continues to rise in value year-on-year.


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It remains clear that DHL continues to experience year-on-year growth in terms of movement statistics, which is good news for the conglomerate.

Looking ahead, as demand for cargo continues to rise, we will no doubt see more flights operated and will no doubt continue to exceed pre-pandemic levels.

But for now, all eyes are on DHL to see where else they will choose to operate and thus generate more cargo-based revenue.

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